As the regular season winds down in college basketball, there are a lot of rumors that crop up regarding coaching changes. Tom Crean and Indiana basketball have been no exception.
Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde took a look at those rumors and more on Tuesday.
Though the Hoosiers started hot, injuries have hurt them, and they’ve now lost six of their last seven which, according to Forde, puts them out of the tournament for the time being.
That brings up rumors about Crean’s future with the Hoosiers. Forde said the situation is such where people on the outside seem more prepared for something to happen than people on the inside.
Forde said the “widespread speculation looking to jump before being pushed” has one blocker. Crean’s son, Riley, will be playing basketball at Indiana next year.
As Forde put it: “Leaving would seem to be closer to his last option than his first option.”
Last year, Indiana didn’t extend Crean after winning the Big Ten, so this year presents a dilemma according to Forde: Extend Crean after a tough year or don’t and “basically put the writing on the wall.”
Forde finished the segment on the Hoosiers by saying it may simply be time for something new for both parties.
Crean has coached the Hoosiers since 2008 and has compiled a 163-131 record in Bloomington, getting his team to the NCAA Tournament four times, with losing records coming only in the first three years of his tenure.
But it wasn’t the only time Crean was mentioned in the article. Forde nixed ideas that Crean was an “escape-hatch candidate” for NC State, saying industry insiders have denied that.
Forde also quickly examined the Hoosiers’ tournament hopes, saying wins over Kansas and North Carolina should’ve helped, but losses to Fort Wayne and a 5-9 record in a down Big Ten hurts.
Also mentioned by Forde:
- Ohio State and Thad Matta possibly parting ways.
- Michigan and Michigan State having a critical next few weeks to keep their tournament hopes alive.
- Potential replacements for John Groce, who Forde says is likely out at Illinois at the conclusion of the season.